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         Network Bulletin No. 04-62


         Date: November 5, 2004



         Subject: National outreach and recognition program
         Index Term: NLS announces 102 Talking Book Club


         The 102 Talking Book Club is a new national recognition program inaugurated by
         NLS for more than 1,600 users of talking books who are 100 years of age or older.
         This program will serve as a vehicle to help increase national awareness of talking
         books and to help identify several club members who may serve as ambassadors for
         the new digital technology initiatives of the free national reading program.

         In announcing the 102 Talking Book Club, NLS director Frank Kurt Cylke said,
         "Beginning in 2005, all states with users over 100 years of age will be invited by
         NLS to honor them with ceremonies."  Cylke introduced the new program on
         Wednesday, October 27, when a 103-year-old North Carolina woman became the
         nation's first inductee into the club during ceremonies at the North Carolina Library
         for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Raleigh.  Edna White of Jacksonville,
         North Carolina, is one of twenty North Carolinians eligible for club membership.
         Cylke presented Mrs. White with a club membership certificate and a recognition
         letter.  The event was covered by four major television outlets, the statewide radio
         network, and print media.

         NLS plans to invite network participation in the near future.  Assisting NLS with
         coordination of  club presentations in each state will be Fleishman-Hillard, an
         international public relations firm recently placed  under contract by NLS to
         develop both a national outreach campaign and a digital communications newsletter
         and news release program.

         Attached is the general news release inaugurating the 102 Talking Book Club
         program on October 27.

         For further information contact:

         Robert E. Fistick
         Head, Publications and Media Section
         Telephone: (202) 707-9279
         Fax: (202) 707-0712
         email: [log in to unmask]
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         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

         November 1, 2004


         102 Talking Book Club Will Honor
         More than 1,600 Centenarians

         More than 1,600 centenarians who are users of talking books will be honored
         during 2005 by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
         Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress through membership in the 102 Talking
         Book Club.

        "The 102 Talking Book Club was conceived to recognize the accomplishments of
         the national reading program's centenarians.  Through induction ceremonies in all
         states next year, the Library of Congress will honor these 1,600 individuals.  The
         events will highlight the reading services provided by each state and also increase
         the awareness of others eligible  to join their free local or state reading program,"
         said Frank Kurt Cylke, director of NLS.

         National kickoff of the 102 Talking Book Club was held Wednesday, October 27,
         when a 103-year-old North Carolina woman became the nation's first inductee into
         the102 Talking Book Club.

         Edna White of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is a patron of the Library for the Blind
         and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), a service of the State Library of North
         Carolina, and is one of twenty in the state eligible for club membership.

         Cylke presented Mrs. White a certificate and a letter during ceremonies at the
         LBPH on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh
.
         "Talking Books saved my life," Mrs. White said in accepting her charter
         membership certificate. "I couldn't live without talking books," she said.   Mrs.
         White lost her sight at the age of 90 while residing in Illinois.  "A librarian there
         introduced me to talking books and they have become a very meaningful part of my
         life."  She said she enjoys mysteries and her favorite book is a children's book,
         "Girl of the Limberlost."  Mrs. White thanked Mr. Cylke and said "I am just thrilled
         to be the first member of the 102 Talking Book Club."

         According to Library of Congress statistics, nearly all states have eligible
         centenarians for the 102 Talking Book Club.  Interested parties may visit the NLS
         website, www.loc.gov/nls, and browse the 102 Talking Book Club page for
         additional information, including how to locate a state or local participating library.

         NLS provides a free national reading service to people who can no longer read the
         standard print of a newspaper or even the pages of a large-print book.  Not being
         able to read can cut out activities that senior people have always loved, like
         following the sports page or using a cookbook.  Talking Books helps those who
         have trouble reading or using a standard printed page to keep up with these
         activities.  The program loans members a wide selection of recorded books and
         magazines, braille books and magazines, and music scores in braille and large print.
         Anyone who is a citizen of the United States and cannot read or use standard print
         materials because of a visual or physical handicap may qualify to join Talking
         Books. Specific information on who qualifies is also available at:  www.loc.gov/nls
         For additional information contact:
         Robert E. Fistick
         Head, Publications and Media Section
         National Library Service for the Blind
         and Physically Handicapped
         The Library of Congress
         Washington, DC 20542
         Telephone:     (202) 707-9279
         Fax:           (202) 707-0712
         email:         [log in to unmask]